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witness to its greatness. in the first century b.c., the city of one million was master of the mediterranean world. rome's empire stretched from spain in the west to syria and egypt in the east. the roman elite were rich beyond measure. they ranged from the cunning and prudent julius caesar... to the intellectually inclined augustus... to cruel caligula, deviser of public spectacles that included murder .....to nero, who, it's said, kicked his wife to death for rebuking him. the upper classes were well educated, connected by kinship, business and political ties. wearied by the crowds and hectic pace of roman life, they pined for greater leisure and the chance it gave to contemplate the finer things of life. each spring, as the senate recessed, roman power brokers -- the patrician families, senators, and untold numbers of entrepreneurs made rich by roman dominance -turned to the bay of naples. over generations, they built lavish villas along the shoreline of campania. the villa pausilypon -a greek name meaning "the end of pain" -had a private theater for the pleasure of i
, at least 31 civilians were killed tuesday in a syrian regime bombing of the city of aleppo. 14 children were reportedly among the dead. in israel and occupied territories, protests are continuing in support of hunger striking palestinian prisoners in israeli jails. on tuesday, hundreds of palestinian detainees refused meals in solidarity with four hunger striking prisoners. hundreds of people meanwhile gathered across the occupied west bank and gaza strip drawn fire from israeli troops of tear gas and rubber coated bullets. the prisoners include samer issawi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 200 days, drinking only water. on tuesday, an easterly court ordered samer issawi to remain behind bars indefinitely. his lawyer announced the decision. >> the decision is to reject to release samer immediately and keep them behind bars until maybe two weeks time. >> samer issawi and another prisoner were initially released under the 2011 deal that freed israeli soldier gurley shalit only to be rearrested and return to an israeli prison last year. israel has refused to disclose the reason
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